Prairie Junegrass (Koeleria macrantha) Cool Season ,Native Grass Seed
Junegrass, Prairie (Koeleria macrantha) Cool Season Grass Seed, U.S. Native, Wildlife, Xeriscape( Approximately 200,000 Seeds Per oz )
Native bunch grasses make extremely useful filler plants. As part of a mixed grass planting, or tucked in around trees and shrubs, they add interest, texture and habitat value to the garden. One of our favorites
Prairie Junegrass is a cool-season bunchgrass that is native to most of Canada and the U.S. It does not occur in the Southeast or parts of New England. It is found in many native plant communities such as prairies, open woods, and mountain foothills. It greens up early and provides forage for livestock and wildlife. This grass is ornamental and can be used for xeriscape gardens.
Prairie Junegrass is a cool season grass. In our part of Southern California, it begins growing with the fall/winter rains and becomes entirely dormant in the hot summer/fall months. True to its name, Junegrass blooms in late spring, usually between April and June in our area. The flowering stalk, which rises 12-18 inches above the leaves, begins as a narrow spike and gradually unfolds into a loose plume of flowers (see above). The flowers turn from purple-pink to gold over the course of several weeks. Once the flowers are pollinated (they are wind-pollinated) the flowering stalk ‘closes’ again.
Junegrass is fairly easy to grow. Seeds can be directly sown into the garden but we suggest starting plants in recycled nursery pots (4 inch size works well). Seeds are best sown in winter in mild-winter Southern California (fall or spring in colder areas).